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Russian hackers break into Australian medical clinic?s patient records, demand $4, 000 ransom
From: security curmudgeon <jericho () attrition org>
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 02:42:24 -0600 (CST)
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From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
By Joel Falconer
The Next Web
10 Dec '12
A Gold Coast, Australia medical practice has been held to ransom by a
group of Russian hackers. The hackers encrypted the practice?s patient
database, rendering it unusable until decrypted.
The hackers have asked for the fairly low sum of $4,000, ABC News reports,
noting that scammers tend to go for a low-yield, high-volume approach to
increase their chances of a payout.
The practice in question is Miami Family Medical Centre, whose co-owner
David Wood believed that anti-virus software was enough of a protection
against intrusion and other security threats.
Cases like this should serve as a wake-up call for businesses to get
proper security advice from professionals -- particularly those
responsible for sensitive medical information. When you deal with
information like this, ignorance is not an excuse.
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